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Maybe not one of my finer moments but this weekend I had the car out on a longer drive in the country.  I was about 70 miles from home.  I had heard a grinding the previous weekend from the front drivers wheel and thought my pads might be wearing (dumb I didn't pull the wheels after that trip).  Anyway the grinding got way worse and it became harder to control the car.  Rather than pulling over with out tools and because I could still control the car I decided to limp home at a reduced, though not slow speed.  

I sure most of you guessed my wheel bearing was going out - and it disintegrated the last 5 or so miles.  Pulled the wheel tonight to assess the damage.  Both bearing are a pile of mettle and cones knocking around in the rotor.  Looking at the spindle it looks like a small gouge was worn into the metal (see pick). 

Opinion do I order a new spindle or grind the burs off, clean it up, and re-used?  You can see 2-3 threads are now missing on the bottom.   Also is the Scott Drake an ok replacement?  Any other option? 

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clean it up and compare the other spindle.

Not sure about scott drake replacements spindles, almost anything they offer is made overseas now. I would go with StreetorTrack Spindles as they are copies of the 70+ mustangs/torinos which are thicker and are made here.

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Got a cast part number? Unfamiliar looking spindle.  Looks to me like the threaded portion outside of the flat washer and under the adjusting nut is the gouged/affected area.  The rest of the spindle looks OK?  Will the spindle end snap off?  Probably not but worth the gamble?  Me? I would look around for a quality FORD replacement.   Left C8OA--3108-C  Right C8OA-3107-C would be correct for my car.  Brian

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I don't  think  the nut would ever reach the area where threads are missing.  My concern would be under the race. Was it spinning on the spindle got hot and wiped the bearing out and is now galled to the spindle ? Will it snap off well anything can happen, I would guess it would depend on how hot it may have got. If I did replace it  as Brian said, I would try to find a good used one. Aftermarket would be my last resort.  

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Thanks everyone - I was thinking replace as well.  So more information I'm running the Kelsey - Hayes style 4 piston setup.  They go right onto the stock drum spindles.  As for the what/how of the failure I think the bearing gave out (the other side went out 25k miles ago from the same kit I think they were maybe low quality) and I kept driving tearing it all up worse and the the race started riding on the spindle.  I didn't take it apart when I got home I came back to it 30 hours later so I don't know it was hot, but I would assume so.

Anyway I guess it's time to look for a new drivers side spindle.   

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Ok Spindle ordered.  Not sure if folks here use it but I find West Coast Cougar has a lot of misc parts.  Looks like they have a pile of spindles (might have come from a cougar but that doesn't really matter).  Maybe 'while I'm in there' now is a good time to replace the front shocks and springs.  The shocks are 11 years old and ok but if I have to pull one side anyway.  I never liked the performance springs and have been thinking of going with the progressive rate ones.  Have to sleep on this decision. 

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